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Grand Bahama's Old Bahama Bay to reopen in December

After closing for two months to make renovations following Hurricane Matthew, Grand Bahama’s Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is scheduled to reopen on December 19. The resort suffered only slight damage in the hurricane, but used the down time to make refurbishments and to build a shopping deck that will feature local vendors.

Grand Bahama's Old Bahama Bay to reopen in December

Grand Bahama Island’s Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is scheduled to reopen on December 19. The resort has been closed since October 6th due to damage suffered as a result of Hurricane Matthew. According to John MacDonald, President of Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour, the resort suffered relatively minimal damage during the hurricane. With the restoration of power and water on the island, the resort is able to reopen later this month.

MacDonald states that the resort took advantage of the hurricane-generated down time to renovate the pool and construct a new guest shopping deck. The deck will be home to local vendors and a Bahamas Division of Tourism booth. Additionally, the Dockside Grille has also undergone minor renovations.

Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is located at West End, Grand Bahama Island, and features 72 4-star rooms and a 72-slip deep water port-of-entry marina. The marina boasts a full range of services, including on-site customs and immigration, and is mega yacht friendly.

Grand Bahama is the northernmost island in the Bahamas and the closest to the United States, lying 86 kilometres from Palm Beach, Florida. West End, which gained fame as a rum-running during the years of Prohibition, is the capital of Grand Bahama. By the 1990s, much of West End’s old Jack Tar Resort fell into disrepair, but the 2001 opening of Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour has revitalized the town, quickly making it a major tourist destination.

West End is known throughout the world for its top-notch fishing. Both shallow and deep-water fishing are available to visitors at Old Bahama Bay. Sport fishermen are drawn to the south side of the island, where blue marlin, white marlin, blue-fin tuna, and dolphin are routinely spotted.

In addition to fishing, Grand Bahama is also a popular choice for diving. The water is remarkably clear, and scuba divers can explore reef walls, caverns, and blue holes, as well as numerous wrecks. The Sugar Wreck sank in the 1800s and sits in roughly 20 feet of water, making it an easy and interesting dive. Underwater photographers are drawn to the area for its calm, clear water and colourful marine life.

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